James Gunn’s brother and frequent collaborator Sean Gunn has joined the upcoming horror/thriller THE BELKO EXPERIMENT, along with comedian Steve Agee. The pair join the aggressively expanding cast, which already consists of John C. McGinley, John Gallagher Jr., Melonie Diaz, Tony Goldwyn, and Michael Rooker. James Gunn wrote and is producing the horror pic, which follows the employees as the American Belko company in South America who are ordered to kill each other or be killed themselves after the company is mysteriously sealed off at the beginning of a work day. Peter Safran will also produce, while Australian director Greg McLean is set to direct.
Regarding his brother’s casting, James said:
“You may recognize him from one of my other films — Kraglin in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ Alien Orphan in ‘The Specials’ (film), Toby in ‘SUPER,’ Humanzee in ‘Humanzee,’ or numerous characters in our James Gunn’s PG Porn series (which Sean co-created with me and our brother Brian). Even more of you might recognize him as Kirk from ‘Gilmore Girls. ‘In addition to being my brother, he’s also my favorite actor in the world to work with so I’m excited to welcome him aboard ‘Belko’ as Marty Espenscheid, a stoner cafeteria worker who has his own ideas about who is behind Belko.”
Regarding the casting of stand-up comic Agee, Gunn said:
“In the film Marty’s best friend is Chet Valincourt, played by one of my best friends…Steve of course had an iconic role in ‘SUPER’ as ‘sleepy comic book guy who calls a child an asshole.’ But he’s also one of the best standup comics around, and is known for his regular roles on ‘The Sarah Silverman Program’ and his recurring role on ‘New Girl.’”
Clark Allen | Associate Editor